LORAIN — Ted Kalo, now former Lorain County commissioner, welcomed his selection as the next Lorain municipal clerk of courts Sunday night.
After the votes of about 35 members of the Democratic Central Committee were counted in the Lorain City Council chambers, Kalo was announced as the winner over his opponent, Jeff Bearer, who worked for the clerk of courts office. The committee voters included members from Lorain, Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Township, which are within the jurisdiction of Lorain Municipal Court.
Kalo replaces Lori Maiorana, who resigned from the position Jan. 1 citing health reasons. Lorain police have said they are investigating the former clerk for alleged improprieties while in office.
“I’m looking for everyone’s support, I’m excited to be back in Lorain,” he said. “I’m doing what I do and I look for great things in the office.”
As commissioner, Kalo has served on the Justice and Public Safety Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and has worked on legislative issues related to indigent defense, funding for the courts and the effects of state and federal policy on the local justice system. Kalo also has been a small-business owner since 1996 as the owner of Ted’s Floor Coverings in Lorain.
Kalo announced that he planned to run for Maiorana’s seat two days before Maiorana announced her resignation in December. Maiorana previously had announced she would seek re-election; her current term was to expire at the end of 2019.
Bearer said he wasn’t taken aback by his loss based on Kalo’s reputation in the county and his history with the city.
“Right now Ted brings years with the Democratic Party,” he said. “And on the committee, that vote I would expect to run toward him. So (am I) surprised? No.”
Kalo will remain clerk of courts unless he is defeated in the November election.
Bearer plans to campaign against Kalo in the May primary race for the clerk position.
Mallory Santiago, assistant law director with the city of Lorain, showed interest but decided not to put herself on the ballot Sunday night. It’s unclear if she plans to run in the May primary election.
Now that Kalo has been chosen, the committee’s full membership will need to appoint a replacement to fill his unexpired term as commissioner, which is set to end in January 2021.
The committee would have to appoint a replacement for Kalo within 45 days of the vacancy, according to Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams.
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